What Kind of Runner are You?

Running is a pretty simple sport when it comes down to it. You lace up your shoes and put one foot in front of the other for a certain amount of time, right? Wrong! There are so many different ways to tackle a run, and so many runners to take it on. There are so many different kinds of runners with different goals, desires, and wants. What kind of runner are you?

The Naked Runner

You go out for a run with no real goal in mind. You leave the watch on the dresser and are just in it for the enjoyment. Yes, you are wearing clothes, but you just don’t care about your time, distance, or speed. Running is a way to have a few moments to yourself. You really don’t keep track of your running. You just know you completed a run on a certain day, and that’s all the confirmation you need.

Running Ecard 4

The Consistent – Every – Day – Runner

You run the same route and the same mileage – every single day. There is nothing that can stop you from getting in those miles. You don’t even need a watch to keep track of your distance, because you know your route like the back of your hand. Each morning, you wake up to an alarm and really don’t think twice about getting out there. It is as normal for you to go on the same run as it is to brush your teeth. Total and complete habit.

The Run When I Feel Like It Runner

You get the urge to go running a few times a week, sometimes a few times a month, or maybe even a few times a year. Each time you get out there, you think how much easier it would be to just run a little more often – you would end up being in so much better shape and the runs wouldn’t be nearly as tough. Yet, you still keep your shoes in the closet until 3 weeks creeps by, and you decide to go run again.

Running Ecard 1

The I’m Married to my Garmin Runner

There isn’t a run you start without your GPS watch. You have to know your pace and exact distance, no matter what. If you set out for a 7 mile, 6.97 just won’t cut it. You have to get to that 7.0 mark to really call it a completed 7 mile run.

The I Can’t Say No To A Race Runner

You look at your bank statement, only to see there is a whole lot of your paycheck dedicated to race entry fees. You race most weekends in the fall, and the same comes for the spring. Your only reprieve is in the summer, when races are just too hot to even think about hosting, let alone running. Your alarm goes off far too early for a Saturday, only for you to curse it, and then do the exact same thing the next weekend. Along with races, you have more race medals and t-shirts than you are ever going to know what to do with. A new race is announced, and you can’t wait to sign up for the inaugural event. Your running coach may tell you to hold off on so many races in fear of burnout, but you can’t listen. Racing is way too much fun.

Running Ecard 3

 

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The Focused Goal Race Runner

You have your eyes on one race for the season, and nothing is going to stop you from getting there. The only race you may sign up for between now and then is a race to use as a training run, but there is no way you are going to race it. You need to save your energy for your speed workout in a couple of days. You have every run and workout written out in a calendar or training plan for the next 4 months. Each workout is meticulously  calculated, and you make sure your GPS reflects the correct mileage after each run. It’s your goal race or bust – no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Running Ecard 2

 

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What kind of runner are you?

Shameless self promotion: Don’t forget, I offer running coaching for those of you with fall and spring race goals! ;)

Baby Baum: Week 15 & 16

By the time I finally got to posting a bump picture last week, it was Thursday, so I figured I would just put both week 15 & 16 together. Not much has changed between the two, so its pretty easy to do a double post.

Here is a picture from last week at 15 weeks..

15 weeks Then here is a picture from this week at 16 weeks…

16 weeks side

4 Big Months is already here! It is amazing how quickly months 3 to 4 have flown by. It took forever to get to the 12 week mark, since that is when we announced it. Luckily, since then, time is moving quite rapidly. I have my 16 appointment this week, and even though there isn’t an ultrasound, I still get to hear Baby Baum’s heartbeat, which never gets old!

I am at the point where I am definitely starting to notice the bump a bit more. It is sticking out a bit more now! Here are a few details on Baby Baum this week:

  • He or she is the size of an avocado
  • Tiny bones are forming in his or her ears and can now pick up your voice
  • Eyebrows, lashes, and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming

As for me:

Weight Gained: No clue. I honestly don’t really care at this point. I am feeling good, and getting in workouts and exercise. The last thing I want to do is get on a scale and worry about weight gain that really doesn’t matter at this point. I’ll find out a real number on Wednesday though at the 16 week appointment.

Workouts: Week 15 was a bit better than week 16 in terms of volume, but I am feeling really good about my activity. Between the last 2 weeks, I’ve completed 7 runs, 1 swim, 4 strength workouts and 1 yoga class. I still want to get in more yoga, but I feel like a bit of a broken record on that one.

Symptoms: I am happy to report I have a lot more energy now! Woo hoo! I haven’t felt like I need a nap each and everyday. At this point, I think I am just in the habit more than anything, so I am really trying to keep myself awake with no nap. I’ve been doing a pretty good job.

Food Aversions: I’ve still been staying away from the dreaded chicken. Just hasn’t been doing it for me still. I’m pretty sick of red meat at this point, so I am trying to incorporate other forms of protein. Eggs have been great, so I have been hard boiling them and putting them on salads, which make me feel pretty good.

Food Cravings: Nothing really in particular. I’ve felt like I’ve been eating pretty normal lately, which is great. It makes me feel really good – not the bloated and just bleh feeling I was having an issue with in the past.

Sleep: I’ve still been tossing and turning more than I would like when I go to sleep, but once I fall asleep, I’m pretty good. For a few days, I was having a big issue with my stomach feeling like it was just stretching like mad. I quickly found out it was because I was just eating too much at night, and there was no where to go since the size of the baby is taking up a lot more of my abdomen. My stomach just doesn’t have as much room to stretch out – gotta make room for that baby!

Baby Items Purchased: After going to my prenatal yoga class, I decided to get a prenatal DVD to save a little bit of money. It was less than $10 on Amazon, so I plan to use it for a bit until I am itching to get back to the in person prenatal class. My cousin is amazing and sent me a big box of her maternity clothes, and I am so thankful! I am so happy to be able to have some clothes to use! Lastly, Marcus came back from Marshalls yesterday with a couple of binkies – super cute!

Prenatal Yoga

 

Miss anything?: Ehh, shorts that fit! I have one pair of maternity shorts, so I am wearing those like crazy. I can’t even come close to zipping any of my regular shorts, which is to be expected. I went ahead and put them away in a box in the closet so I don’t have to continue to stare at them anymore :)

Looking forward to: My appointment on Wednesday! Can’t wait to hear that heartbeat!

Stretchmarks: Nope! Plenty of oils have been given to me, and my favorite is one my friend Laura. It smells so good and doesn’t leave a nasty residue. I am so picky with lotions, so this one is perfect!

 

It’s All About Perspective

Something I have been dealing a bit with lately is perspective. Whether it’s a good or bad thing is a different story – right now, it just is. Let me explain…..

No matter what is going on your life, the way you approach it – aka, your perspective – is what is going to get you through it. A friend texted me a few days ago, sharing with me she ran 3 miles without stopping once. We had been talking about this as her goal for quite sometime, and she broke over the hurdle and accomplished it. She followed up the text with “it meant a lot that a super fast runner supported her running 3 miles”. I told her this was all a matter of perspective. She has just started her running journey, and should be very proud of her huge accomplishment, regardless of what anyone thinks. She set a goal, went after it, and achieved it, plain and simple. (If you are wondering, heck yes I am proud of her accomplishment!! I was sooo thrilled to receive the text!)

Perspective

The more I think about perspective, the more I see it pouring over into certain areas of my life. Ever since I started this blog, I have been pretty consistent with my posting schedule. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, there is always a post up. However, in the past few months, it hasn’t been happening that way. My 3x a week posts have dwindled to 2x mostly, and may not even be on my usual days. This used to really bother my at times, but I have been significantly more laid back about it. I’ve had a lot going on in my life, and of course there are the days that I just don’t feel like posting. Instead of making this mean something, I just let it be. I’ve changed my perspective a bit, and feel so much better now that I have. If I don’t have something interesting or thought-provoking to write about, then I’m not going to – no big deal.

Most of all, I am learning to gain a brand new perspective on my exercise while pregnant. Instead of looking at paces which are much much slower than I am accustomed to running, I cherish it. I GET to run right now. There are plenty of people who aren’t even able to run through pregnancy. Who knows, at some point in this journey, I may be one of those people. Until that point, I am going to continue to run, no matter how fast or slow, and enjoy every step. Exercise is something I am able to do both for myself and for Baby Baum. I feel better after, and I know I am taking care of myself in the process.

Some people may see a pregnant person running and immediately judge them for not taking care of the baby. What they may not ask is what that runner was doing before they were pregnant. For me, I was running 30-40 miles a week no problem. I’m pretty sure the 10-12 miles per week I am running now are really no big deal. They are do far more good for my body than bad.

It’s all about perspective.

What about you – do you have any situations in your life where altering perspective may change your outlook?

The Little Things

There are so many little things in life we take for granted each and every day. Here are a few that came to my head. Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day!

Purse hooks in bathrooms

Elastic waisted shorts

Concerts venues with seats

Morning walks with my dog

Homegoods right next door to Target – save me!

Dinner cooked for me by my parents

Weekends with no plans

Having a clean house

Reading on a Sunday afternoon

Brand new running shoes

Surprise gifts

Feeling good in a new outfit

Holiday sales

A comfy hotel bed

Evening thunderstorms

Puppies walking down stairs

Sweater Weather

Finding $20 in a pocket

An open seat next to you on an airplane

A strong, free wi-fi signal

College football season

3 Day weekends

What are some little things that you might take for granted?

My First Prenatal Yoga Class

I kept my word and finally made it to yoga last night! Wooo hooo!! I didn’t go to just any yoga class either. I went to my very first prenatal yoga. I have to admit – I was a little bit apprehensive about going. There were a few (very silly ) things running through my head:

  • I’m not pregnant enough yet for prenatal yoga
  • I’m not going to get a real “workout” in
  • I’m very out of practice so it is going to be pretty rough

Luckily, I made myself get to class regardless. For anyone that has been to yoga, one tidbit you can always walk away with is that it is a practice. You are there for yourself and no one else - no comparisons, about yourself or anyone else. Pretty much, this took away the first and second bullet point above. As for the middle one, how would I really know about the intensity of the class if I had never been?

Bella Prana 1

It started off much differently than any other yoga class that I have been to. We introduced ourselves, mentioned how far along we were, anything that has been going on with us, and the gender of the baby (if people knew). This made it nice and low key, and a great way to connect to other pregnant women in the community. There were 5 people including the instructor, so the class was nice and intimate. After intro’s, we grabbed a bolster and made a nice supported chair like thing. I can’t seem to find a picture of one anywhere, but it was basically two blocks formed in the shape of an L, with a bolster laying on top. It was super comfy!

We started in this reclined position and started some breathing exercises, then slowly started to get through some poses. I noticed we didn’t hold them for nearly as long as some other classes, since pregnancy greatly throws off one’s balance. We did one tiny flow sequence, just to get warmed up, but that was pretty much it for that.

The biggest aspect of the class that I noticed was the addition of a multitude of modifications for each and every pose. This is very important as with so many different stages of pregnancy, there are a variety of limitations. I am at the point where the only thing I can’t really do is lay on my stomach, but simple poses like a forward fold were difficult for those women in their 3rd trimester. It was pretty neat to be in a class that catered to so many different people. If anything, I got a lot out of just that.

Bella Prana

The class ended with some restorative poses against the wall (to help with balance), and then a light meditation. The instructor, Aimee, was really great. She knew nearly all of the students by name and really took the time to get to know those of us that were new to her class.

I’m really glad I went to check out the class, without a doubt. I do think I am still in the part of my pregnancy where I can benefit from getting to a Flow 1 class, and just slightly modifying the poses. By no means am I counting out prenatal yoga, but I think I may get to it later on in my pregnancy, or just every few weeks or so. I can see a lot of benefit, for myself and Baby Baum, and I know if will be a great addition to my exercise routine as I get a bit rounder ;)

Did you go to prenatal yoga during pregnancy? Would you consider going when you do get pregnant?